Award winners set bar

Winners of the supreme award in the 2015 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards were Leo and Rebecca Vollebregt, of Featherston.

Wairarapa dairy farming couple are the supreme winners of the 2015 Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Team focus for winners 

Teamwork on  Jacqui and Mark Muller’s dairy farm near Eltham helped the couple and their farm manager Conrad Maeke, right, win the 2015 Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards. 2IC Michael Stratton, centre,  farm assistant Brad Wilson and family dog Ace complete the team.

5:00 AM  Success in a prestigious contest stems from the Taranaki winners' pride in their third-generation family farm and in their team.

Townie is top dairy trainee

Michael McCombs, an assistant manager on a Patea dairy farm, is the 2015 Taranaki Dairy Trainee of the Year.

5:00 AM  A self-described town kid raised in Upper Hutt is forging a progressive career in farming in Taranaki.

Farmers must tighten belts

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

5:00 AM  Not enough dairy farmers are fully aware of their financial position as cash flows start to tighten, warns DairyNZ.

Best Foote forward

James Foote's goal setting and competiveness helped him win the Auckland/Hauraki Farm Manager of the Year award.

5:00 AM  Rugby and farming have been contract milker James Foote's two main passions in life.

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opinion

Lively debate part of process

The Age - GENERIC - 3 June 2008 - Dairy cows wait their turn to enter the milking machine for their afternoon milking session on a dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. Picture by Paul Rovere

OPINION: Finger pointed at the Greens for misinterpretations and misrepresentations about dairy conversions in the Waikato.

Report calls for overhaul of red meat industry

OPINION: When it comes to arguments over how to structure New Zealand agriculture, it seems there's nothing new under the sun.

Guns are well ahead of butter in US

Analysing wine's cash harvest

Fieldays

Laugh until the cows come home

7 Days stalwarts Dai Henwood, Jeremy Corbett and Paul Ego will take to the stage at Claudelands Arena on  June 12 with their team-mates for a special Fieldays Edition of the popular current affairs show.

5:00 AM  Farming community to get some much-needed light relief at National Fieldays with a 7 Days comedy special.

Full exposure at new site

Improved South Island Field Days site a big hit with farmers.

Louise Wilson gives Manu Kokako a haircut after he completed the Get Ahead challenge at the Central Districts Field Days.

Free haircuts spur agri hopefuls

Students considering a career in the agricultural industry are sporting slick new hairdos after completing the Get Ahead challenge.

dairy

Best Foote forward

James Foote's goal setting and competiveness helped him win the Auckland/Hauraki Farm Manager of the Year award.

5:00 AM  Rugby and farming have been contract milker James Foote's two main passions in life.

Townie is top dairy trainee

5:00 AM  A self-described town kid raised in Upper Hutt is forging a progressive career in farming in Taranaki.

DairyNZ chief executive Dr Tim Mackle.

Farmers must tighten belts to cope with cashflow

5:00 AM  Not enough dairy farmers are fully aware of their financial position as cash flows start to tighten, warns DairyNZ.

advice

Is it time to move on from Gypsy Day?

"Gypsy Day" is approaching for many New Zealand's dairy farmers.

For many in the dairy industry June 1 means one thing - time to move.

Caution still needed in fodder beet feeding

Stock will continue to die if they are not properly transitioned on to fodder beet, an animal health expert has warned.

Sheep and beef farmer Doug Avery on his Marlborough farm.

Farmer outlines the path up

Working harder isn't always working smarter.

aquaculture

Extended farm gets consent

Greenshell Mussel processing at Kono Seafoods in Blenheim

An extended Pelorus mussel farm has been granted resource consent to operate for another 20 years.

Green-lipped bounty all ours

OPINION: If New Zealand is to double agri-food exports by 2025 then we are going to need some lateral thinking.

Top fish: NZ King Salmon's Ora King product is considered a world leader.

Swimming with the export tide

One of New Zealand's most exclusive food products, King Salmon, is making an impact in the US.

beef

Sheep and beef prices tipped to rise

Prices for beef and sheep are predicted to rise in April.

Sheepmeat and beef prices are predicted to rise in April.

New Zealand signs free trade deal with South Korea

NZ signs free trade deal with South Korea and beef and dairy industries to be biggest beneficiaries.

Supreme winners of 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Award are, from left, William Akers, Laura Oughton, Judy Akers and Hugh Akers.

Guardians of the land - a family tradition

Heritage is important to the family at Broadlands Station which recently won an environment award.

Sheep

Low fine wool prices force merino farmer rethink

Merino sheep.

0 min ago  Merino farmers are expected to look more closely at their flocks as prices remain disappointing for finer fleece and lift again at the broader end.

More jobs if wool scour firms merge

Commerce Commission releases draft determination authorising merger of Cavalier Wool Holdings and New Zealand Wool Services International.

Southland farmer and Meat Industry Excellence executive member Peter McDonald.

Merger could mean more dollars

If Southland farmer Peter McDonald got another $10.95 a lamb he would pocket an extra $44,000 a year.

cropping

Grapes give 'one in 10-year' vintage

Viticultura worker Donald Naplan harvests Central Otago pinot noir grapes in "luxurious" late autumn conditions.

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

Praying for good news

Nelson's orchard workers from Vanuatu face an anxious wait for news after Cyclone Pam devastated the island nation.

kiwifruit

Kiwifruit heads off to Japan

The first of the new season's kiwifruit set sail for Japan yesterday, with Zespri predicting volumes will be back to pre-Psa levels this year.

agribusiness

Ruakura's goat centre at cutting edge

Dairy goats

AgResearch's new dairy goat centre will help the $150 million industry to remain world leaders in its field.

Irrigation benefits on show

Irrigation's benefits in a drought year were highly visible this growing season.

Federated Farmers' Southland meat and fibre chairman Gary Coker.

Vets warn of rise in parasite numbers

Vets are warning of a massive rise in parasite numbers in lambs in the south.

Discovery

Better deer health can lift profits

Deer

Big savings are ahead for deer farmers who introduce customised animal health plans.

Eczema fight lessons learned

Beef cattle are affected by facial eczema. It affects their liveweight gains, which ultimately hits farmers in the back pocket.

Farmers hear from Scottish precision farming expert Jim Wilson at a field day on 2013 Ballance farm environment supreme award winners Craige and Roz Mackenzie's property near Methven in Mid Canterbury.

Precision tools help

Adopting precision agriculture tools and techniques can save arable farmers thousands as well as boosting yields, a visiting expert.

rural women

'Timely' dairy workshop

Dairy Women's Network Invercargill regional group convenor Katrina Thomas on her Wreys Bush farm.

Southland's female dairy farmers will meet tomorrow to discuss how to plan for the future.

Dairy awards winners named

Katie Milne is New Zealand's Dairy Woman of the Year.

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Federated Farmers West Coast president Katie Milne has been named Dairy Woman of the Year.

West Coast dairy farmer wins big

Dairy Woman of the Year award winner Katie Milne is preparing to rub shoulders with some of the best minds in business.

Video

Shops to defy Easter trading laws

Prospect of brisk trade will lure some garden centres to risk a $1000 fine on Good Friday.

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